We are sad to report that veteran TV and film actor John Karlen has passed away at the age of 86.
The Emmy-winning actor died Wednesday in Burbank, CA. of congestive heart failure while in hospice care. This was reported by Shadowgram, a Dark Shadows newsletter.
Karlen was best known for a couple of his roles. First, in 1967, he was hired to portray tortured Willie Loomis in the ABC daytime soap opera, Dark Shadows. He revised his role in the 1970 feature film, House Of Dark Shadows and then played a different character in 1971’s Night Of Dark Shadows.
He then won an Emmy in 1986 for his role of Harvey Lacey in the hit TV series, Cagney & Lacey. The show ran from 1982-86.
Karlen came to Los Angeles in the early ’70s and became a frequent TV guest star, with stints on Mannix, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, The Waltons, All in the Family, Kojak, The Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones, Hill Street Blues (as a character named Loomis), Mad About You (as the father of Helen Hunt’s character) and Murder, She Wrote.
He had a number of genre roles in both TV and film including Night of Terror (TV Movie) (1972), Night Gallery (TV Series) (1972), The Picture of Dorian Gray (TV Movie) (1973), Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie) (1975), Nightmare on the 13th Floor (TV Movie) (1990) – Daughters of Darkness (1971).
Born John Adam Karlewicz on May 28, 1933, in Brooklyn, Karlen served in the Korean War and studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He made his Broadway debut in 1960 in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Elia Kazan, taking over the part of Tom Junior played by Rip Torn.
Survivors include his son, Adam, and ex-wife, Betty.
Everyone here at Horror Patch wish to express our most sincerest condolences to John Karlen’s family and friends. He was a familiar face on TV and film when we were growing up and will always remember him from his many roles, especially from Dark Shadows and Cagney & Lacey. You may be gone but will never be forgotten!
R.I.P. John Karlen Born: May 28, 1933 – Died: January 22, 2020
Source: The Hollywood Reporter